Thursday, January 15, 2009
Huh. That was pretty shocking. Sam Bradford and Jermaine Gresham have decided to pass up on millions of dollars to return to Oklahoma for another year. I guess that they both would like to lose another BCS bowl before they leave Norman. That's very noble. Not many people would choose to be embarrassed on a national stage again. Either that of Bradford doesn't want to risk having to move to Detroit. The general rule of thumb for college football players leaving for the NFL is that if you are a guaranteed first day pick, you should move on to the greener pastures. After all, you only have so many hits in your body and it's better to get paid than to have to go to class.
Someone obviously told now former Ohio State wide receiver, Brian Hartline, this. Unfortunately, no one told him that he doesn't have NFL talent. Hell, he barely has Big Ten talent.
Hartline is graduating this year but, as many have done in the past, you are allowed to continue your collegiate playing days after receiving your degree. Todd Boeckman is still on campus and he just turned 40. This makes no sense to me. Todd McShay has him slotted from anywhere between the 5th round and undrafted. Let's say that again, this idiot left school early and he isn't even guaranteed to have his phone ring on the SECOND day of the draft. Even if he has a near perfect Combine workout, he's guaranteed nothing. Who is advising this guy? Is there even an agent out there that wants his services?
The Buckeye WR, who was never even close to being the first option in the passing game at any moment in his days in Columbus, recorded 90 catches for 1,449 yards during his three year Ohio State "career", scoring 13 touchdowns. By comparison, Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree had 7 more catches and 6 more touchdowns THIS YEAR than Hartline had in 3 years. It's not fair to compare the two because, you know, Crabtree is good but Hartline is making us do just that with this bonehead decision.
Says the Rhodes scholar, “I have had an outstanding experience at OSU and am thankful for the support I continue to receive. I now look forward to testing myself against the top competitors in the National Football League.” Yeah, and those corners and safeties in the NFL can't wait to see you, too. I'm sure it's great to know that the guy that you are covering has no chance to score or even get open. There is no WR in the league that is worse than this guy. James Thrash? Nah. Jerry Porter? No way. Donte Stallworth? Not even close. I would rather have Rae Carruth than this clump of white trash. And that "support" that he's getting is from the fans that want him to leave so they can get better players on the field.
I just don't get this at all. This may be the dumbest early entry decision in the history of football. Is Ohio State so bad that it is worth passing up your final year at a historic program to be a slot receiver in the Canadian Football League? Who knows, maybe his dream has always been to be a Saskatchewan Roughrider? However it pans out, one stereotype remains the same: Ohio State football players are idiots.